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Rihanna is now the world’s richest female musician, and this is how she’s celebrating

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Rihanna at the launch of Fenty Beauty

Budding entrepreneurs, Rihanna has a message for you: work, work, work, work, work

With eight albums, a groundbreaking beauty company and inclusive lingerie collection under her belt, Rihanna is undoubtedly the multi-hyphenate superstar of our generation. And it’s testament to her incredible work ethic and business savvy that she’s just topped Forbes’ annual rich list as the richest female musician in the world.

According to Forbes’ roundup of the wealthiest women in the music industry, Rihanna has amassed a staggering estimated fortune of $600m (£471m), with the lion’s share of that figure coming from her hugely successful Fenty Beauty range. In 2018 alone, the brand recorded sales revenues of $570m.

Riri’s fortune means that she’s overtaken the likes of Madonna ($570m), Céline Dion ($450m) Beyoncé ($400) and Taylor Swift ($360m), and even though she’s been in the industry for 15 years, making the top spot at the age of 31 is seriously impressive.

Earlier in May, the Barbadian star told the New York Times: “I never thought I’d make this much money, so a number is not going to stop me from working.” So, what’s next for the wealthiest female musician in the world?

As you’d expect, the Work singer is staying true to her hit song with a forthcoming reggae album and brand new fashion collaboration with LVMH among her list of creative ventures for 2019, making her the first black woman to lead a luxury fashion house. 

And if reports are true, the singer has hired “a state-of-the-art studio on Osea island,” to work on recording her ninth studio album, R9, complete with a gym, cinema, pool, and “quaint little cottages”, as you do. 

Before you go daydreaming of white sands, palm trees and tropical climes, allow us to tell you that Osea island is actually in an estuary in Essex. Trust us, we’re all shook.

It looks absolutely stunning though, and totally makes sense for a rural retreat, since Rihanna’s been enjoying living in London so much. In an interview with T Magazine last month, the singer opened up about “walking around the block” and keeping “incognito” out and about, although we’re fairly sure we’d recognise Riri if we bumped into her on our weekly shop.

Keep doing you, girl! 

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Christobel Hastings is a London-based journalist covering pop culture, feminism, LGBTQ and lore.

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